Catalyst Berlin Creative Production Music MA lead Richard Scott gives a presentation at Tech Open Air 2019

MA Creative Production (Music) Masters Degree

Take everything you are and forge it into everything you want to become.

Overview

This hyper flexible Creative Production Masters Degree is all about you. Your passion, your journey, your vision, your project and your future. Celebrate, explore, develop, innovate and magnify your capabilities as a music producer, a sound engineer, a practising electronic music artist, a performer, a composer, a sonic artist or work with artistic practitioners from other fields whilst building and enhancing an artistic and creative industry profile.

What Is Creative Production?

Creative production is an intentionally broad term. Music production, recording, composition, programming, performance, sound design, improvisation, instrument design, sound art, sound for games, sound for film, field recording, artistic research, critical theory, new media, or an innovative interdisciplinary form including some or all of the above. Your own imagination is the only limit. We’d be very happy to help you stretch it!

Convert vulnerabilities into strengths, barriers into new pathways, pain points into pleasure and fears into exciting new frontiers for exploration. It’s a chance to explore all that you are and all that you are…not yet(!) whilst mapping out your future potential.

Course structure

Practice Based

Our Creative Production (Music) M.A provides a clear but flexible framework for negotiated and self-directed learning. Pursue your chosen interest or specialisation through an iterative practice-based research approach supported by seminars, workshops, informal meetings, our excellent studio facilities and individual supervision. Our seminars and workshops provide a thorough grounding in practice-led research theory and methodology alongside a wider range of research in sound, music and the arts. The taught component is not intended to give answers to your questions, but to stimulate curiosity, to widen and deepen frames of musical and conceptual reference and most importantly: to provide a set of tools with which to explore and develop your personal research ideas and concepts.

During this intensive and challenging year (2 year part-time) our team will supervise and guide you through a constant cycle of creating, critiquing, self discovery and growth. Design and develop your own practice based research programme surrounded by an inspiring community of students from around the world who will act as mentors, peers, collaborators, audience and fellow travellers.

Consider this a turning point, a moment to define or redefine the next chapter of your career whilst asking yourself this essential question:

Who are you and what do you plan to contribute to the world?

Skill

In our Skills Sessions we’ve had basic studio training for those who need it and introductions to multi-channel audio, audio processing and audio phenomena, analogue modular synthesis, light and sound, sensors and controllers, field recording, techniques for installations and Max MSP.

Thinking In Sounds

In our Thinking in Sound sessions we have listened to, read and discussed the work of many thinkers and artists, including Pauline Oliveros, Jacques Derrida, Éliane Radigue, David Hykes, Autechre, Denis Smalley, Roland Barthes, Oneohtrix Point Never, King Sunny Ade, Evolution Control Committee, Mark Fisher, Situationism, FKA Twigs, Iannis Xenakis, György Ligeti, Pierre Schaeffer, Stewart Lee, Susan Sontag, David Sylvian and Derek Bailey. 

Guest Artists

Presentations from guest artists include Nicolas Collins (composer, improviser, master-hacker), Sabine Vogel (Flute, Electronics, Composer, Installation), Insa Langhorst (Film-maker, Visual Anthropologist), and Bob Ostertag (Synthesist, Composer, Improviser, Theorist, Activist). 

Our MA students this year come from a background of song-writing, house, techno, folk, Jazz, composition for dance choreography, experimental and electroacoustic music and free improvisation. The student projects in 2018/2019 include themes such as field recording/hydraulic sounds, artificial Intelligence, human voice and spirituality, hauntology, Janet Jackson, the roles of electronics and sampling in popular music, semiotics, free improvisation and song forms, interactive, delay network installation, culture jamming and 4D multichannel composition using the internationally unique Monom system based at the Funkhaus.

Here are a few reasons why people decide to take our MA programme:-

  • developing and growing your own individual project, creative concept or musical idea
  • strengthening and refining your creative vision and approach
  • deepening the relationship with your work within and beyond your own parameters
  • establishing your own distinct approach to creative production with research
  • expanding your understanding of other creative pathways
  • navigating between different aspects of musical inquiry and concepts
  • engaging in independent practice led research
  • developing new and innovative production techniques
  • receiving mentorship from field and industry experts
  • realising the full potential of your creative work
  • joining a progressive learning community supported by a dedicated team of experienced facilitators
  • living and working in Berlin, the most exciting city on the planet for music makers
  • collaborating with an artistic community of like minded people from 55 different countries
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Progression

Your success depends entirely on you – what you bring to the course, your approach to learning, and the grit, passion and sheer determination with which you complete the course and start to build your future.

There are many progression routes into the industry and it often makes sense to develop a portfolio of different roles.

The employment model in the music industry has transformed over the last 25 years. Roles with permanent contracts do still exist but it is much more likely that you will work either as a freelancer or as part of a small startup on your way to professional creative autonomy.

The music industry never ceases to evolve and reinvent itself. We aim to provide you with an education that enables you to either be a change maker or to be capable of adapting and staying at the forefront of this change.

Here are some areas you may find yourself working in:-

Mastering engineer, producer, field recording, recording engineer,  mixing engineer, urban soundscape designer, live engineer for events or installations, mixing engineer, audio and music production for games, advertisement, film, interdisciplinary arts projects, audio production, remix engineering, contemporary DJ performances, recording artist, performance artist, audio creation for events and brands, creative advertising, sample packs for labels and other artists, sounds installations, programmer, sound and music for games and film, interdisciplinary arts projects, and working in related fields such as record labels, publishers, artist management companies to name but a few.

Our UK and Berlin centres have graduates working across the music industry from Abbey Road Recording Studios to the Glastonbury Festival and everything in between.

Our audio production and sound engineering degree tutors are industry experienced with a passion for passing on their knowledge to others. Say hello to some of the tutors that will be supporting you throughout your learning process.

Essential info

An academic qualification equivalent to a bachelor degree is normally required to enter our Creative Production Masters degree programme. These may be waived if students are able to provide proof of capability via a portfolio of work.

The most important prerequisite for attending any course at Catalyst is that you must be passionate about building and developing your skills as a practising electronic music artist, producer or performer.

For more information please contact a member of the team. We love to chat!

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Full-time Term: 13.09.2021 - 06.08.2022
Part-time Term: 13.09.2021 - 08.2023

Application deadline: 30th of April 2021 for priority/ VISA applications

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From € 975 a month

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